Time Management checklist

The_Time_DoctorTime Management – How Do You Score?

1.     Do you start your day early

What does your morning routine consist of? Do you eat a healthy breakfast and get straight to work? Or do you waste time on unimportant tasks?

2.      Do you prioritise your tasks

Do you organise your to-do list? When you begin, do you focus on difficult tasks first to get them out of the way, or do you tackle smaller jobs to build momentum? There is no right or wrong way, just as long as you are productive.

3.      Do you use calendars or daily planners

Do you plan what needs to be done? Or do you go through a mad rush at the finish line and miss any deadlines?

4.      Do you set and respect deadlines

Do you hold yourself accountable for your deadlines? Do you truly respect and value your time?

5.      Do you focus on one thing at a time

Are you constantly multi-tasking or do you focus on one task at a time? The truth is that multi-tasking often diminishes my quality of work.

6.      Do you limit distractions

Are you constantly interrupted by emails, IMs, phone calls, or disruptive noises? Do you strive to avoid and eliminate all distractions or do you inadvertently invite them?

7.      Do you take frequent breaks from difficult tasks

Do you step away from a project to refresh your mind? Or do you try to work even if your exhausted? Often you need a mini-break to re-gain your energy and creativity.

8.      Do you set a specific time to check email or return phone calls

Do you set boundaries for routine tasks? Do you limit disruptions by setting appropriate times for communication with others?

9.      Do you use a timer and set time limits

Do you often lose track of time? If so, perhaps a timer will help you stay on track and avoid procrastination.

10. Do you outsource or delegate tasks to others

Do you dread certain tasks? Who can I ask for help to get things done?

11. Do you set reasonable goals

Do you break down tasks into manageable chunks? Or do you try to tackle the impossible?

12. Do you use your commuting time wisely

Do you sleep on the journey to work? Or do you use the time wisely to catch up on your emails, reading, or work?

13. Do you use automation and computers to save time

Are there ways to automate repetitive tasks? Can you use templates or web-based tools to help you get things done faster? If you’re unsure how, perhaps you can ask colleagues or friends for ideas.

14. Do you organise your desk and computer files

Is your desk clear of paper piles and your computer optimized to find what you need? Or does clutter surround you making it difficult to get things done?

15. Do you reward myself for a job well done

Do you offer yourself an incentive for a job well done? Do you work faster and harder when you have something to look forward to?

16. Are you decisive

Do you make decisions quickly? Or do you waste too much time weighing the pros and cons?

17. Do you choose not to micromanage

Do you lead by example and give people the space they need to get things done? Or are you constantly pressuring yourself and others?

18. Are you able to say no

Do you take on more than you should? Or are you assertive and say no from time to time?

19. Do you take advantage of your Prime Time

When motivated, do you take immediate action? Or do you let that energy fade as you get distracted by the details?

20. Do you only allow positive thoughts into your mind

Do you have encouraging thoughts in your mind that help you to focus on getting things done? Or do you get frustrated and discouraged when a challenge springs up?

If you have answered No to any of the questions above, you may like to download my free tips booklet from http://www.thetimedoctor.co.uk/20-top-tips/ which will help you to turn a No into a Yes.

Till next Time

The_Time_DoctorThe Time Doctor – Mike Gardner 


Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4 thoughts on “Time Management checklist

  1. Great check list. And the power of “NO”!
    The hardest one for me was delegating- getting better at that! whooo woo.

  2. What a great list of how to time menage! Thank you for sharing. Will share this post on my page!